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A man who allegedly deployed pepper spray into a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy’s face during a traffic stop early Monday morning has been arrested, Sauk County officials say.

Sauk County Emergency Management Office posted a Nixle alert at 6:06 a.m. Wednesday saying Joshua T. Martin, 30, of Milwaukee, was arrested by law enforcement officers and that police are not seeking additional suspects.

In a Facebook post Wednesday morning, the Baraboo Police Department confirmed Martin had been arrested.

Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner told the Daily Register earlier this week that Martin was stopped for speeding in a stolen vehicle and then temporarily blinded sheriff’s deputy Michael Rosecky by spraying him in the face.

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Dash cam video footage from the incident was released Tuesday and showed Rosecky draw his firearm in what Brandner described as self-defense after his safety was compromised.

He said Rosecky was treated at a hospital and is recovering well.

Brandner has also previously said Martin was listed as a missing person out of Dane County. Martin was listed as missing prior to an incident in which he is suspected of stealing a 2011 Chevy Silverado from a residence somewhere along Lee Road in northwestern Dane County.

No further details were available.

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